1. To increase the variety of mountain biking opportunities on W.C.C. reserve land.
Explanation: Mountain bikers are involved in the
activity for a variety of reasons, including exercise, appreciation
of the outdoors and exhilaration. Mountain bikers also prefer
varying levels of difficulty, often depending on their experience
levels. This policy attempts to provide for these varying needs.
2. To balance the provision of mountain bike opportunities with the needs of other users on W.C.C. reserve land.
Explanation: Although there is always potential
for some conflict between users of reserve land, W.C.C. has a
responsibility to ensure that this potential for conflict is minimised.
Various methods such as user education, appropriate signage and
well planned track design can be used.
3. To direct mountain bike use to reserve areas where the risk of conflict with other users can be minimised.
Explanation: The potential for user conflict is
directly related to the number of people using an area. Other
factors such as track widths and visibility also contribute to
conflict potential between mountain bikers and other users. Encouraging
mountain bikers to make greater use of reserve land away from
high use areas is an important principle of this policy.
4. To establish a code of conduct that minimises the risk of conflict between mountain bikers and other users of W.C.C. reserve land.
Explanation: The code of conduct is an integral
part of this policy. It is the primary mechanism for minimising
conflict between users and damage to the environment on multi
use reserve land. It is important that all users are considerate
to the needs of others.
5. To direct mountain bike use to reserve areas where the risk of environmental degradation can be minimised.
Explanation: Some areas are more susceptible to
environmental degradation than others. Vulnerability depends
on a wide range of factors such as soil consistency, conservation
values and track construction. Where track improvement is not
practical or possible, channelling of mountain bike use away from
these areas is a high priority.
6. To foster and enhance Wellington's reputation as the "Mountain Bike Capital of the World".
Explanation: Wellington is nationally and internationally
recognised as a prime mountain biking location. A policy that
encourages this is important if Wellington is to retain its reputation.
7. For continued recognition of Wellington as an attractive venue for national and international mountain bike events.
Explanation: Recognition of Wellington as an attractive
venue for mountain bike events has resulted in several national
and international and numerous local events being held here.
Wellington has the terrain, public interest and facilities to
cater for large events. It is W.C.C. policy to actively encourage
national and international events.